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Laura DeLucia (MA English, Literature 2014) has published an article which was begun in Dr. Tom Barden’s Spring 2013 graduate seminar on Steinbeck, in the Steinbeck Review.

DeLucia, Laura.  “Positioning Steinbeck’s Automobiles: Class and Cars in The Grapes of Wrath.”  Steinbeck Review 11(2), 2014: 138-154.

Steinbeck Review is available on-line to anyone with OhioLink log-in credentials; click here.

Assistant Professor David Erben has just returned (Saturday, November 29) from a four week Fulbright Specialists project in Taganrog, Russia at Southern Federal University, where he gave workshops and lectures on American and Native American literature and culture.

Professor Erben is one of over 400 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad this year through the Fulbright Specialists Program. The Fulbright Specialists Program, created in 2000 to complement the traditional Fulbright Scholar Program, provides short-term academic opportunities (two to six weeks) to prominent U.S. faculty and professionals to support curricular and faculty development and institutional planning at post secondary, academic institutions around the world.

The Fulbright Program, America’s flagship international educational exchange activity, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Over its 60 years of existence, thousands of U.S. faculty and professionals have taught, studied or conducted research abroad, and thousands of their counterparts from other countries have engaged in similar activities in the United States. Over 285,000 emerging leaders in their professional fields have received Fulbright awards, including individuals who later became heads of government, Nobel Prize winners, and leaders in education, business, journalism, the arts and other fields.

Recipients of Fulbright Scholar awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement. Among thousands of prominent Fulbright Scholar alumni are Milton Friedman, Nobel Prize-winning economist; Alan Leshner, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); Rita Dove, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet; and Craig Barrett, Chairman of the Board of Intel Corporation. Distinguished Fulbright Specialist participants include Mahmoud Ayoub, Professor of Religion at Temple University, Heidi Hartmann, President and CEO, Institute for Women’s Policy Research, Percy R. Luney, Jr. Dean and Professor, College of Law, Florida A&M University and Emily Vargas-Barone, Founder and Executive Director of the RISE Institute.

Prof. Fitzgerald delivers her FaculTea talk, “Did the Middle Ages Have Memes?”

Professor Christina Fitzgerald was the inaugural Visiting Senior Fellow at the Residential College at West Ambler Johnston Hall of Virginia Tech University from November 11 to November 14. Beginning in 2014, the Residential College at West Ambler Johnston has, each semester, invited at least one faculty member from another university to become a Visiting Senior Fellow of the Residential College (more information here: According to its mission, the Residential College at West Ambler Johnston “takes the medieval vera universitas as a model in being both a ‘true university’ and (more literally) a ‘real community.’ This vera universitas is a shared physical and intellectual space that generates its energy from the collaboration, both formal and informal, between teachers and students outside the classroom.”

During her visit, Dr. Fitzgerald attended House Dinner with the students of the Residential College, presented her research at the weekly FaculTea in the Faculty Principal’s apartment, inhabited shared office space in the building, and guest taught in a Religion and Culture course on Love. Fitzgerald’s talk at the FaculTea was called “Did the Middle Ages Have Memes,” and in Prof. Matt Gabriele’s and Prof. Aaron Ansell’s “Love” course, she led a discussion of John Donne’s Holy Sonnet 14 (“Batter my heart, three-personed God”) and the historical contexts for its erotic language to express love of god.

admin on November 18th, 2014

Prof. Doug Coleman presented “Input Design for Beginning / Low Proficiency Learners” at the Annual Conference of Ohio TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages), which was held November 14-15, in Columbus.  His session included a segment of a lesson he designed for the Basic ESL Tutorial at UT, which serves as a teaching practice environment for students in the MA in English — ESL.

At the conference, he was also recognized along with other past presidents of Ohio TESOL; he is pictured above at the luncheon table Nov. 14 with Amy Spencer (Ohio Dominican University), another past president Ohio TESOL.  Prof. Coleman was president of Ohio TESOL 1994-1995.

admin on November 18th, 2014

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The Mill’s fall 2014 Poetry was a hit! Chief Editor, Charish Halliburton, emceed the event which was held in Tim Geiger’s Print Laboratory. Students from various disciplines arrived with poetry in hand to perform in front of their peers. Pizza and soda was served, people mingled, the arts were discussed. Students were excited to know that they could still submit pieces to The Mill’s publication and were motivated to polish their work.  (From left to right above: Delaina Lane, Andrew Nale, and Mark Ramirez.)

Poetry was  the buzzword Thursday, Oct. 23, as two English faculty members presented at this fall’s second Humanities Happy Hour.

Dr. Melissa Gregory, associate professor of English, and Dr. Andrew Mattison, professor of English, spoke Thursday, Oct. 23, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Libbey Hall Dining Room.

The free, public event began at 5 p.m. with a beer and wine cash bar and free refreshments that continued through the talks and ended at 8 p.m.

For the full story, see Lindsay Mahaney’s October 22nd story on the UTNews website.

admin on October 6th, 2014

English MA graduates, Laura Scroggs and Pete Faziani, have launched a new poetry project called Red Flag Poetry Services.  They are looking for submissions.

Take a look at their beautiful website for details:

For the second time, in Spring 2015, Associate Professor of English Melissa Gregory will teach a unique version of Reading Poetry (ENGL 2730) that combines two topics: yoga and poetry.  The relationship between poetic rhythm and the rhythm of the body; the relationship between meter and heartbeat; the relationship between breathing and the idea of learning to breathe language; these are just some of the parallels that Professor Gregory finds between the two.  See the whole story in UTNews.

Emily Boening, John Boening’s daughter, speaks (click to enlarge).

Family, friends, former students, and colleagues of the late John Boening, Prof. Emeritus and former Chair of the English Department, gathered in remembrance Friday, September 26, in Libbey Hall on the University of Toledo Main Campus.  Speaking at the event were his daughter Emily Boening, current Chair of the English Department Prof. Sara Lundquist, Lynn Fisher, Virginia Chambers, and Prof. Emeritus Samir Abu-Absi (also a former Chair of the Department).  Music was provided on piano by Gladys Rudolph, wife of English Department Prof. Emeritus Robert Rudolph.

The printed program included this quote from Rainer Maria Rilke:

Be patient toward all that is unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue.  Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given to you because you would not be able to live them.  Live the questions now.  Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.

John Boening, born June 15, 1942, died this past June the 18th.

admin on September 24th, 2014

The University of Toledo’s premiere literary magazine is back.  The Mill has a new look and new events planned for its creative writers​. Current UT students may submit their poetry, short fiction, short essay and photography to The Mill’s Submittable website:  For more information on submission guidelines, please visit The Mill’s blog

This year, with the generous support from the UT English Department’s Edward Shapiro Endowment, The Mill is offering cash prizes to the best submissions in all three categories:

  • ​Best Poem— $50
  • Best Short Fiction/Essay— $50
  • Best Photograph— $50 & Cover

Send in your best creative work!  The Mill’s editors and readers are excited to read what the brightest of UT’s students have to offer!  DEADLINE: Nov. 8,2014.